Japan's Yakuza are some of the most dangerous and feared criminals on the planet, known for a disturbing level of commitment and honor. Just do some research on yubitsume to see what we mean.

Underground Hero: Love To Hate Me is a video from Luke Huxham, that takes a look inside Yakuza car culture, showing that these dangerous criminals aren't all that different from normal enthusiasts when it comes to their cars. Focusing on Shinichi Moroboshi, owner of a modified Lamborghini Diablo and someone we wouldn't be interested in angering, it focuses both on his life in the Yakuza and just what drew him towards the Diablo.

There's also an interesting look at Japan's modding culture, where neon chassis lighting is still alive and well. The effect it has on these cars, mostly from Lamborghini, is actually pretty dramatic, almost classy. The video also focuses on Bosozoku, in this case, Japanese motorcycle gangs. These aren't your Harley-Davidson riding Hell's Angels, rather, these riders lean toward tricked out Hondas and Suzukis (heavily modified cars are also a staple of Bosozoku culture).

Moroboshi-san's story is a lot like ours, falling in love with a car during a chance encounter. At 17, the young Bosozoku was passed on the street by a Countach. The car and the sound it made left an impression on him that blossomed into a strong desire to own one of Italy's finest products.

Take a look at the video below, and then head over to Jalopnik for an interesting commentary from the film's director about just what it was like to work with the Yakuza.


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      GR
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ok, I watched the video, finally. Talk about gaudy. Proof money can't buy you class. Yes, he definitely is a yakuza, but not one high up the totem pole. He looks like a shatei-gashira or maybe a fuku-honbucho. They are like regional managers for the clan. He is probably in charge of a few areas (mainly bars, brothels, cabarets, etc.) owned by the yakuza, kind of like a district manager of a store chain. He very likely answers to much higher yakuzas like the waka-gashira (the folks directly under the bosses). The fact that Moroboshi hangs with tattooed chinpira (low-level yakuza like the ones who opened his Lambo doors for him) shows that he is not that high up. High level yakuza don't make it obvious they are yakuza and actually avoid showing their tattoos in public. Having tattoos on the head like the chinpira in the video is actually discouraged by higher level yakuza. They are more likely dressed in suits and driving Mercedes S Classes, not dicking around with gaudy Lambos and boso bikes. The fact that Moroboshi stated he used to boso in bikes tells me he was a low-level chinpira not too long ago therefore not too high up now. Also, regarding the bosozoku or biker gangs: The biker guys in the video looked old. Most bosozoku of the past were young like in their late teens or early twenties. These guys in the video looked to be in their thirties and up. I think they are basically chinpira who are escorting Moroboshi and aren't really hardcore bosozoku anymore. They strike me as former boso's who are doing it out of nostalgia which is pretty much why Moroboshi drives his gaudy Lambo. It's about fulfilling his rather empty dreams. While the video is cheesy and Moroboshi looks to be trying too hard to fit the stereotype almost like in some yakuza anime, these guys aren't that dangerous to most common people. They are like enforcers for the "businesses" owned by the yakuza family. Basically if you cause a scene or dispute your tab at one of their cabarets, bars, etc. then it's these guys who come out to deal with you. Personally, I am far more afraid of the ill-adjusted American 20 year old dweeb. At least these yakuza and chinpira don't have the access nor the desire kill a bunch of strangers with assault weapons.
      11fiveoh
      • 1 Year Ago
      3 letters sum up this video. W T F.
      bK
      • 1 Year Ago
      cant buy class with all the money you got...
      Hajime1990 #follow
      • 1 Year Ago
      jesus the bosozoku these days wear helmets!?
      sixsix
      • 1 Year Ago
      "where neon chassis lighting is still alive and well. The effect it has on these cars, mostly from Lamborghini, is actually pretty dramatic, almost classy" <--The autoblog journalist here needs to be fired. Nothing irks me more than people who use terms they do not understand. Let me give you a list of things that are not classy, it does NOT mean they aren't cool or nice. It doesn't mean w don't like them. They just aren't classy. Just because you like something and it is well done does not make it classy. There is a pretty thick line here. - tattoos - neon car lighting - excessively large wheels on cars - facial piercings - women in thongs - strip clubs - solid gold Rolex - ripped jeans - MMA - Kobe Bryant Hopefully that helps edumucate the autoblog journalist who wrote this crap. Get it together man.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @sixsix
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        Arturo Rios Jr.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @sixsix
        Your comment is as classy as the wing in that Diablo.
          Rich
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Arturo Rios Jr.
          Chrome is king!
        Rich
        • 1 Year Ago
        @sixsix
        Grumpy as hell... goes to Japan... I understand now. Tres' Classy'!
        LiquidPhilly
        • 1 Year Ago
        @sixsix
        What an idiotic comment. Who died and made you GOD? Or the ultimate judge. Take your ignorant views and get the F off of the internet you hag.
      navypond
      • 1 Year Ago
      So a story of a loser in life who is sad enough to drive around in a Lambo which he did not earn in a clean way with clean money... very boring...
      joe shmoe
      • 1 Year Ago
      Gangs are for the insecure. Half those guys are skinny twerps with tattoos who would get the crap beaten out of them if they were alone.
        AP1_S2K
        • 1 Year Ago
        @joe shmoe
        you have no idea what you are talking about. The yakuza is the strong arm in Japanese society because typically most people are extremely passive in Japan which most gaijin take as "weakness". Typical of a gaijin who doesn't know sh*t. That's why the yakuza handles gaijin like you which is why they are a legitimate part of Japanese society (with offices and business cards) for people like you who think "skinny twerps with tattoo's" - you're think wannabe MMA dudes in the inland empire (don't get your cultures mixed up).
          Arturo Rios Jr.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @AP1_S2K
          All those gangs are full of society rejects.
          Dmitriy Markelov
          • 1 Year Ago
          @AP1_S2K
          Possibly the dumbest thing I read all week. Calling people gaijin doens\'t make you special.
          alkalinebay
          • 1 Year Ago
          @AP1_S2K
          This comment makes me laugh... Hey guys is fast and furious Tokyo drift!
        07StangGT
        • 1 Year Ago
        @joe shmoe
        Agree. Old school Brooklyn myself, where men fought men with fists, alone. No knives, no guns, no BS gang crap. Tattoo guys are a joke. Fat Harley Biker "dudes" with long hair and Rice Burning tattooed punks couldn't fight there way out of a paper bag on their own.
      Thipps
      • 1 Year Ago
      i feel like im stuck in some strange time warp. Was that a Japanese Don Johnson driving the original tron vehicles and partying in the ninja turtles "foot clans" hideout? For those of you who had horrible childhoods here is a video clip of the ninja turtles scene https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lh2MDHO8Bfg
      zzzzzz
      • 1 Year Ago
      If you get on the wrong side of these guys, they will kill you by forcing you to watch hours of Anime, which would be a horrible, painful way to go.
      Daekwan
      • 1 Year Ago
      I feel stupid for watching that.
      Cameron Huntsucker
      • 1 Year Ago
      that is the stupidest film I"ve ever seen. Although the photography was good. The lights in the wheelwells of the Lambos were pretty hot.
      erzhik
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't think this guy is from Yakuza. Yakuza is a very secretive mafia, and this guy looks like a general, run of the mill gangster.
        GR
        • 1 Year Ago
        @erzhik
        The Yakuza aren't that secretive. I would know as my hometown is Kobe, same as the Yakuza's biggest family, the Yamaguchi-gumi. Growing up, I would see them frequently in their S Classes. In times of disaster, the Yakuza even help out (maybe for some PR). After the Kobe Earthquake of 1995, the Yakuza were paying for and distributing supplies and offering people the use of their cell phones when lines were down and people couldn't reach loved ones. In the 2011 Tsunami, the Yakuza were running supplies and offering transportation for survivors in radiation risk zones that no one else would risk. They were offering supplies for the elderly who were too stubborn or weak to evacuate. I give them credit for these actions. They are not exactly this secretive and brutal criminal organization. Yes, the are engaged in illicit and criminal behavior ranging from prostitution to extortion, but they aren't entirely despicable scum either.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @GR
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          GR
          • 1 Year Ago
          @GR
          John Blaze, I see your point, but when the government is slow to react and don't exactly help all those in need, it's nice to know some are willing to step up to it. I am not legitimizing Yakuza or their activities. I am simply trying to dismiss the notion that they are pure evil. I am not sure many are willing to deliberately expose themselves to radiation to deliver food and supplies to elderly people who could never pay them back, yet the Yakuza drove in fleets of trucks to do so. Their trucks were the only vehicles headed to the zones when all traffic was headed out. They did not demand attention for this either. People found out when more independent journalists learned of this and covered it. The Yakuza do have some sense of sacrificial honor and service.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @erzhik
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        alkalinebay
        • 1 Year Ago
        @erzhik
        Hes not Yakuza. There are more (business like) Like the American Mafia's. This is more like an American biker gang got some cash.
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